Javi Gracia has said both he and Watford have offered their support to players who were racially abused online this week.

Troy Deeney, Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele all complained of receiving racist abuse via social media and their head coach said he could not understand why people would send such messages, but that he offered his support to his players.

"I don’t understand how these things are happening in this moment, I can’t understand," he said.

"In this moment we spoke with the players and they felt our support and it’s all we can do in this moment, try to be together to help them.

"I don’t have the control of all these things, I try to have good behaviour because I know from our position we are an example for other people and I try to be polite and respectful with all the people, but it’s all we can do for us and for the rest of the people."